MVP Arena to Host the First Large Convention of Jehovah’s Witnesses Since 2019

Albany, New York – After a three-year pandemic pause, one of the largest convention organizations in the world has once again chosen Albany to host its global three-day event, the 2023 “Exercise Patience”! Convention.

Prior to 2019, summers in Albany were marked by Jehovah’s Witnesses filling hotels and restaurants as they attended their annual conventions at the MVP Arena. In 2020, the pandemic interrupted that tradition in Albany when the Witnesses canceled their in-person events throughout the world and held their convention programs as virtual events in more than 500 languages. Beginning July 7, 2023, the Witnesses will bring that tradition back to Albany.

“We are really looking forward to being back in person for this event,” said Bruce Dobbs, spokesman for Jehovah’s Witnesses. “Our virtual conventions served a purpose, yet there is nothing like the joy and excitement felt when thousands are gathered to learn and worship. We are so happy to be back live in Albany!”

Some 6,000 conventions will be held worldwide as part of the 2023 “Exercise Patience”! Convention series. In the United States alone, 708 conventions will be held in 144 host cities, including sessions in 38 different languages. From Friday through Sunday, six convention sessions will explore the quality of patience, highlighting its modern-day relevance through Scriptural examples. A live baptism will be performed following the Saturday morning session, and a prerecorded drama will be featured in two parts during the Saturday and Sunday afternoon sessions.

“Patience is a rare quality, yet needed now more than ever,” said Dobbs. “With so many challenges facing people on all fronts, patience can prove to be lifesaving. To have a three-day program that explores this vital quality and shows us how to better implement it in our lives is very timely.”

Jehovah’s Witnesses have been holding public conventions in stadiums, arenas, convention centers, and theaters around the world for more than 100 years. After resuming smaller in-person meetings and their public ministry during 2022, the summer of 2023 marks the first time they will gather at much larger regional events around the world since the lifting of pandemic restrictions.

The convention is open to the public, and no collection is taken. For more information on the program or to find other convention locations and dates, please go to jw.org and navigate to the “About Us” tab.